In Spanish, it’s being called Comedor para perros callejeros, dining room for dogs and it’s one woman’s attempt to humanize the plight of stray dogs in Colombia.
Jimena Hoyos is a Colombian actress who dearly loves dogs. Given the number of abandoned and homeless dogs in Colombia she decided to create Gozques. She was inspired to try and help based on her love for her own dog, Zico.
The magnitude of their love, their loyalty, their complete devotion. Every time I come back to Colombia, I see so many mutts, homeless dogs in the streets.”
Hoyos who is also an artist, decided a few years ago to begin taking pictures of the street dogs she saw. The pictures are amazing. She puts them in unique frames built y materials in the vicinity of where she finds the stray dogs.
With each photograph, Hoyos tells the story behind each dog.
This is how she describes Lil Gray Dot:
He knows how cute he is. He is the typical kind of puppy that would make it in L.A. I can see him living in a mansión, with private nannies, dog walkers, full wardrobe and endless accessories.
Another dog, Leonardo, governs a vast abandoned mechanic workshop.
This is his kingdom, his aristocratic elegance and powerful glance assures everyone who is in charge.
Here’s a gallery of the pictures Hoyos has taken.
To Jimena, several problem affect the canine population.
There is a lack of sympathy from people. They tend to treat them abusively, cruel and damaging. There is lack of veterinary care and medicine and, of course, lack of food and safe shelter for these dogs. “
In front of her restaurant in Cajicá, Hoyo built a food dispenser provides 40 kg of dog food every day outside of her restaurant. Any stray dog can eat and drink fresh water and get some hugs from Hoyos.
The basic idea of this project, which has consistently managed to feed 30 stray dogs, is to give them a place to go where they can expect to get food. Hoyos would like to expand it.
This charitable action aims to grow and increase the distribution of dog food in other dispensers located near Bogota in different municipalities.”
For more information visit Gozques